For Gun Violence Researchers, Bipartisan Bill Is a ‘Glass Half Full’
dr. Rosenberg argued that prevention of gun violence and gun rights are not at odds with each other. It is possible, he said, to come up with policies that protect gun owners’ rights as well as public health. dr. Swanson believes that red flag laws are one such policy. The push for them has been 10 years in the making.
In January 2013, just weeks after a gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Daniel Webster, a pioneer of gun violence research, convened a two-day meeting. summit on reducing gun violence†
Together with Mr. Horwitz, Dr. Webster the Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions. Mr. Horwitz conducts advocacy, while Dr. Webster oversees academic research. The purpose of the summit, said Dr. Webster, was to put together evidence-based “recommendations for what policymakers should do to address gun violence in America,” and quickly publish them to influence congressional negotiations.
But the resulting book — including chapters from Dr. Swanson and Dr. Wintemute – failed to move members of Congress, who did not pass new laws.
Two months later, Mr Horwitz met a research consortiumhe said, “to really think about how to deal with this issue of firearms, mass shootings, suicide, without stigmatizing people with mental illness.”
Soon Dr. Swanson, Mr. Horwitz and others in the consortium are traveling across the country to promote evidence-based policies, including red flag laws, to state lawmakers. In 2014, California became the first state since Indiana to pass a red flag law. Today, 19 states and the District of Columbia have them.